If you’re at New York Comic Con this weekend, you can see the founding editors of this very site, in our natural habitat. Including a panel with economist and science fiction guru Paul Krugman!
We all know that economists love science fiction — especially Isaac Asimov fan Paul Krugman. But science fiction and fantasy can also help teach ordinary people about the Dismal Science. Here are 22 great science fiction and fantasy stories that can help you make sense of economics.
Back in 1996, economist Paul Krugman wrote an essay about the next 100 years of economic history, as if looking back from the year 2096. At the center of that essay was the notion that white-collar jobs would disappear, and a college education would become much less valuable. And is this already happening now?
Our economy is huge, incomprehensible and potentially deadly if you take a wrong step — just like space, in fact. So when it comes to understanding the fundamentals of economics, you need to read some classic and recent science fiction novels. Luckily, Paul Krugman and Noah Smith have provided a reading list.
We take economic growth for granted — it's one of the defining characteristics of our economy that it grows, year after year. Any period when the economy doesn't grow is called a recession, and this is a kind of temporary economic emergency.
Even if you're not a huge fan of Paul Krugman, the trouble-making economist and New York Times columnist, you should check out his introduction to a new edition of Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy (PDF). He explains pretty succinctly just why these novels are great, and why they had such a huge impact on the young…
It's become a cliche to say that our world is changing faster and faster, as we hurtle towards an ultra-advanced future. But it's not true, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman told Worldcon. Actually, change is slowing down.
Could a "Theory Of Mind" predict future history, based on looking at how people think and behave? It may have helped forecast World War II and our current econom-ick. Is psychohistory finally coming to pass?
How would an interstellar trading empire figure out how long goods had been in transit, for the purposes of calculating interest? After all, if the shipping vessels are traveling at close to the speed of light, the shipping time will seem longer to an observer on the ground than it would to someone traveling on the…